KDOT Lettings: December 2022

There are 29 projects up for bids on December 14, including three bridge replacements, the removal of an unused bridge, and a new roundabout near Dodge City.

Federal-Aid (unless otherwise noted):

92-44 KA 5413-01: Full-depth patching and mill/overlay on Union St from Lake St to Meredith Ln in McLouth

75-70 KA 3899-01: Remove the old US 75 bridge over Dragoon Creek and add a Cul-de-Sac turnaround on the former south approach.
75-70 KA 3900-01: Remove a culvert on the old US 75 alignment north of the Dragoon Creek bridge and construct a new section of 209th Street to connect US 75 to Old 75.

70-105 KA 6800-01: Asphalt and PCCP patching and 2 1.5-inch overlays on I-70 from the east approach to Quarry Road (west of I-635) to .64 mile east of Kaw Drive in Kansas City.
69-105 KA 6676-01: Asphalt and PCCP patching, bridge deck patching, barrier wall repair, 2-inch mainline HMA Overlay, and 2.5-inch shoulder HMA overlay on the 18th Street Expressway in Wyandotte County.

35-105 KA 6801-01: PCCP Patching and 4-inch overlay on Northbound I-35 from Lamar to Southwest Boulevard and Southbound I-35 from Cambridge Circle to Southwest Boulevard, 2-inch milling and 2-inch overlay on Southbound I-35 from Southwest Boulevard to Lamar, and PCCP patching and joint sealing (no overlay) on Northbound I-35 from Southwest Boulevard to the Cambridge Circle.

31 TE 0498-01: New pedestrian/bike path along the north side of K-18 from Karns Dr to Spring Valley Rd in Junction City.

81-72 KA 6057-01: 1.5-inch milling and 1.5-inch overlay on Northbound US 81 from MP 167.2 to MP 176.1 and Southbound US 81 from MP 169.6 to MP 167.2

69-19 KA 3928-01: Replacement of the southbound US-69 Bridge over First Cow Creek Drainage located just north of the north junction of US-69 and US 160 near Frontenac. Traffic to move head-to-head on the northbound bridge.

400-37 KA 5790-01: Add Passing lanes in both directions on US 400 from MP 334.2 to MP 336.1. Traffic is to be carried through the work zone.

152-54 KA 6318-01: 1.5-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay along then entire length of K-152

169-67 KA 5788-01: Add passing lanes in both directions on US 169 from 0.7 miles north of K-47 north 1.8 miles. Traffic is to be carried through the work zone.

169-67 KA 5789-01/169-67 KA 5789-02: Full-depth reconstruction of US 169 from the Labette/Neosho County Line to Thayer, with passing lanes from MP 30.6 to MP 32.4. Detour via US 400, US 59, and K-47.

54-49 KA 6636-01 2-inch milling and 2-inch overlay from Greensburg to the Kiowa/Pratt County Line

54-76 KA 6637-01: Ultrathin Bonded Asphalt Surface from the Kiowa/Pratt County Line to Pratt.

106 KA 6263-01: Signage update on K-14 and K-96 South of Hutchinson in Reno County.

56-35 KA 6631-01/56-29 KA 6633-01: 1.5-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay from Montezuma to the west junction with US 283 south of Dodge City. (Ford County segment is Non-FA)
400-29 KA 6630-01: 1.5-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay on the US 400 bypass on the west side of Dodge City.

Federal-Aid, Local Projects:

24 C 5076-01: Replace the W Road bridge over Rattlesnake Creek

40 C 5075-01: Replace the SE 60th Street bridge over Gypsum creek just northwest of Whitewater.


106 KA 6695-01: 1-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay on the entire length of K-187, 2.5-inch milling and 2-inch HMA overlay on the entire length of K-110, 1.5-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay on the entire length of K-178, 3/4-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay on the entire length of K-236.

70-27 KA 6538-01: Replace 6 light towers on I-70 at K-232 and Ellsworth rest areas in Ellsworth County.

232-106 KA 6658-01: Chip Seal on K-232 from Old US 40 in Wilson to the Lincoln/Russell County Line in Ellsworth and Lincoln Counties.

70-106 KA 6806-01: Concrete Pavement (bridge deck resurfacing?) on 12 bridges in Ellsworth, Lincoln, and Saline Counties.

24-33 KA 6720-01: Repair the bridge over Sand Creek west of Hill City.

56-29 KA 6526-01: Reconstruct Outlaw Road and 112 Road south of Dodge City so with an east-to-north curve between Outlaw Road and 112 Road.
56-29 KA 6526-02: Construct a Roundabout at the US 56/US 283 junction south of Dodge City.

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One walk without the dog

As I have noted earlier, I am within walking distance of my polling place. In fact, I have occasionally walked my Minpin and my uncle’s Black Lab by the place. I don’t think it would be appropriate to bring a non-service dog to the polls, so at a quarter to seven, I made the trek alone.

As always, I am disclosing by ballot selections of my own free will. No consideration has been offered or considered for this disclosure.

US Senate: As previously noted, incumbent Jerry Moran‘s office was the most responsive regarding passenger rail.

US Representative, KS-01: Lawrence was gerrymandered from the 2nd District to the first, meaning that our candidates were changed. I went for incumbent Republican Tracey Mann. It will be interesting to see how left-leaning Lawrence will influence the otherwise heavily right-leaning district.

Governor: Four years ago, I voted for Laura Kelly because she was facing the infamous Kris Kobach. (more on him below) This time, I went back to the GOP candidate, Derek Schmidt. The political advertisements had focused on the economy: Kelly supporters accuse Schmidt of planning to re-implement economic measures of the Brownback Administration that they considered devastating, while Schmidt’s campaign accuses Kelly of wrecking the economy with her current economic action.

Secretary of State: Generally, Scott Schwab has kept his nose clean.

Attorney General: Incumbent Derek Schmidt gave up the AG position to run for governor. Running on the republican platform is Kris Kobach. If I didn’t already hate him, one of his antics at Secretary of State got him a serious “benchslap” from a US District Court judge. I’m surprised that the disciplinary office didn’t take any further action. I don’t think he should be qualified to be an attorney, let alone AG. I voted for Democrat Chris Mann.

State Treasurer: Four years ago, Jake LaTurner successfully ran for this position. Two years ago, he successfully ran for Congress in District 2. Governor Kelly appointed her then-Lieutenant Governor, Lynn Rogers, to the vacancy created by LaTurner’s move to Washington. Rogers is now seeking a full term in the Treasurer’s office. However, I went with the GOP candidate, Steven Johnson.

Insurance Commissioner: I voted to retain incumbent Republican Vicki Schmidt.

State Representative: Incumbent Dennis “Boog” Highberger ran unopposed. This seat has been a solid seat for the Democrats for as long as I have been a voter.

Judicial Retention: There was a campaign on the right to oust much of the Supreme Court. Six out of the seven Supreme Court seats were up for retention this election cycle. I voted to retain them all, along with the Court of Appeals and District Court positions.

Ballot Questions: There were two constitutional amendments and one Douglas County ballot question. The first amendment was one that would give the legislature an opportunity to veto any actions taken by an executive agency. This came about because Republican legislators did not agree with Governor Kelly’s actions in handling the early waves of COVID. The second was to mandate the elected office of Sheriff in the counties that currently have one (Riley County, which contains most of the city of Manhattan, is the only one county in Kansas that doesn’t) I voted against both of these questions. The Douglas County question was straightforward: “Shall the Governing Body of Douglas County, Kansas, increase its number of commissioner districts from three to five?” The only downside I see is if no one wants to run for the two newly created seats. I voted for the measure.


KDOT Lettings: October 2022

There are 26 projects up for bids on October 19. Approved bids announded on November 9 are highlighed in red.


KDOT Lettings: September 2022

There are 43 projects up for letting in September. Approved bids awarded on October 6 are highlighted in red. Approved bids announced on November 9 are highlighted in blue.


KDOT Lettings: November 2022

There are only 16 projects up for letting on November 17, but one of them is a big-ticket item: the next phase of improvements to the I-135/I-235/K-254/K-96 junction on the north side of Wichita.


KDOT Lettings: August 2022

Up for letting on August 17 are 38 projects, including a second batch of asphalt milling and overlay. Approved bids announced on August 26 are highlighted in red. Approved bids announced on October 6 are highlighted in blue.


KDOT Lettings: July 2022

At my workplace, a paving crew was resurfacing the service road that leads to the lot where I park. Kansas Highways also need that treatment, as evidenced by the projects in the July lettings.

Approved Bids announced on August 4 are highlighted in red.
Approved Bids announced on August 26 are highlighted in blue.


KDOT Lettings: June 2022

There are 21 projects up for letting on June 15. The Awarded bids announced on July 6 are highlighted in red. The Awarded bids announced on August 4 are highlighted in blue.

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Walk to the Poll Position

Today is the primary elections in Kansas. Since the 2020 election, I have moved (twice) from Lake Dabinawa and have wound up in East Lawrence. My new polling place is about a five-minute walk from the house. I got there around 6:45 and was first in line, and first to submit a ballot, when the polls opened at 7:00.

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July 2022 in Pictures

I had one train-watching jaunt this month, plus a few Amtrak and BNSF grabs from the Santa Fe Station platform.